DNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece whichDNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece which promises some hot sex scenes. This book would be great if you just want to read some sexy banter and some naughty sex scenes, and if you don't expect much depth or a believable story. I could have enjoyed that but sadly the dialogue was filled with a lot of double-speak innuendos that felt a bit cheesy, and the so-called attraction felt more forced and cold than genuine and warm. The plotting was not working for me either. The tours, dinners, games...etc. didn't transition smoothly. It might have picked up, but for now I need something more solid to read. I am just not in the mood for this kind of fluff. ...more
3.5 stars. Great humor, likeable characters, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many references to the 'vagina' and all the other variations of that word.
Don' 3.5 stars. Great humor, likeable characters, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many references to the 'vagina' and all the other variations of that word.
Don't get me wrong, this book was down right funny at times. But the same joke told over and over got OLD. Nearly **all** of the humor and dialogue hinged on references to body parts, most particularly the ‘vagina’ and its many other names. No matter what Elle was doing (working, drinking, golfing, fucking…etc.) the endless bombardment of crude body part jokes ensued. Page after page after page, and it never let up until the end. At first I actually enjoyed it and found it hilarious, but it wore on me quickly. It was like listening to your favorite song over and over and over and over until you find yourself wanting your ears to bleed out just to stop the music.
Let me sum it up what got really old, really fast: # of ‘vagina’ references = 58 # of ‘cunt’ references = 15 # of ‘pussy’ references = 32 # of ‘labia’ references = 9 # of ‘muff’ references = 12 # of ‘snatch’ references = 15 # of ‘fuck’ references = 100 # of ‘cock’ references = 89
Luckily, the last 20% of the book takes a turn and tones it way down, and it had a strong ending that finally showed some depth to these shallow characters. The ending made up for a lot of frustration, and I ended up enjoying the book enough to give it 3.5 stars.
For me, I think a good bit of editing to remove at least half of the va-jay-jay, juice-box, muff-lips…etc. references would have gone a long way in improving this one. I would read this author again in a heartbeat if only I can be assured there are far less repetitive references to body parts. ...more
Not bad! THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION is a light BDSM romance, and has a nice spin as the Dom is a socially inept scientist 3.5 'Nerds are Sexy Too' Stars
Not bad! THE THEORY OF ATTRACTION is a light BDSM romance, and has a nice spin as the Dom is a socially inept scientist who struggles coping with normal social situations. He prefers a life with rules, structure and even routines. Oddly, the BDSM life is perfectly suited for him. I do wish this one had more romance in it, especially towards the end, but it was a pretty good read for some light erotica BDSM.
Ivan enlists his neighbor Camilla's help to teach him how to better socialize in group situations. If he stands a chance of earning a large grant, he will need to win over a tough group of financial donors.
What he didn't realize is that Camilla has a huge crush on him, and despite being 'just friends' she desperately wants more from him.
I enjoyed this story, but wasn't particularly blown away. Once Ivan reveals his preferred lifestyle, it doesn't take long for Camilla to be a willing submissive in training. What transpires opens both of them up to new ideas, and stretches both of them out of their comfort zones, but I didn't feel it went far enough to really satisfy this story as a romance.
I was hoping Ivan would become a bit more 'adjusted' and ready for a relationship then what transpires, which I didn't think happened. So not sure how much I bought their 'HEA'. There was a lot of talk about the club scene too, which I felt went a bit unresolved as well.
It was a cute story with some steamy BDSM kink, but it really had nothing particularly special in the romance area (if I am going to be honest). Overall, not bad....more
DNF. I made it 25% in, but nothing about this story was grabbing me.
It is clearly trying to be a knock-off of the Fifty Shades and Crossfire series, DNF. I made it 25% in, but nothing about this story was grabbing me.
It is clearly trying to be a knock-off of the Fifty Shades and Crossfire series, and it was NOT working for me.
Damian is a bazillionaire hottie with an obsession for the sexy 24 y/o Texas college graduate Nikki; an obsession that apparently goes back many years. They only met briefly once 6 years ago, then again at a swanky party in LA California. They immediately start circling and sniffing each other like dogs in heat, spewing pithy and cliche comments at each and exchanging heated glares from across the room. We get a few glimpses into their past, and you can see the groundwork being set up that tells us both Damian and Nikki have dark and damaged pasts. And they are both jealous types, the claws are already coming out.
She provokes him to a jealous streak by talking/walking with her BFF (who happens to be a hot guy). Nikki over thinks every bit of every word said between them (this is excruciatingly told in first person), then after a bunch of hot/cold "I want you" and "I don't want you!" pithy comments, they confess how turned on they are for each other and start making out.
But wait... that would be too straight forward. Remember, this is a Fifty Shades knock-off. So Damian wants Nikki to call him 'sir' and take commands from him. He loves the fact that she wore painful shoes, cause it means she can handle some pain. Nikki's inner dialogue reminded me so much of the Fifty series, with a lot of "Oh, my!" "Gasp!" and so forth.
So this is where I exit stage left. I can't read anymore of this. The dialogue was cheesy and the plot border-lined on absurd. I wasn't feeling any chemistry between the H/h, their attraction felt contrived. I didn't like Fifty Shades but I love the Crossfire series, so I gave it a chance. Didn't work for me.
ARC copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley...more
BEYOND SHAME was certifiably, 100% pure-grade NAUGHTY! Yowzer!!
I knew this was going to be a spicy, erotic read but OMG I did NOT expect THIS. By 30%, BEYOND SHAME was certifiably, 100% pure-grade NAUGHTY! Yowzer!!
I knew this was going to be a spicy, erotic read but OMG I did NOT expect THIS. By 30%, my eyes were coming out of my head. By 70% I was afraid of combusting into flames. Or should I say cum-busting!:-O
I picked this up because I was interested in the dystopian storyline, and I was all for a little spice. What I got was one of the hottest, dirtiest, naughtiest books I've ever read! I am still trying to process - what did I just read?!!
The story starts when Noelle has been exiled from Eden, the city where the rich, spoiled and elite citizens live. After Jasper rescued her from a would-be attacker, she is now in sector 4 trying to piece her life back together. Sec 4 is an area ruled by a vigilante group led by Dallas OKane. We learn quickly that Noelle's sin that got her tossed out of Eden was her desire for a mans touch and to be bad. Very bad. After being caught drinking alcohol and 'fornicating' with a boy, she was forced out with nothing but the clothes on her back.
Noelle believes she is a shameful bad girl, but soon discovers that her sexual desires are not considered wrong and taboo in sector 4. In fact, she is surprised to find that exploring ones sexual freedom is quite acceptable and considered normal. Jasper takes her under his protection, and along with her new friend Lexie, she soon discovers more then she ever thought she truly desired.
There is A LOT of sexual exploration and discovery, and will take the reader through quite a journey.Whew!!! This is not a m/f only romance, which is what I am used to reading. It is more along the lines of a m/f/f/m, m/f/m, and then toss in some voyerism, BDSM, and a whole lot of dirty talk (and I do mean dir-tay talk!) and you start to get an idea.
To my surprise, the dystopian storyline never dissipates. Seriously, there is actually a storyline too!! And it's not half bad. Sector 4 is feuding with Sector 3, and Eden is trying to undermine progress made outside of its gates. We see Dallas, Jas, Ace and other members of the sector 4 in action as they try to keep peace and safety for their people. There is a fair amount of interesting world building, and I can easily see this developing into a popular series.
My only niggle was the portrayal of Noelle, and to some extend women in general. I know, I know...it's a sex book where fantasy and not reality rules. I get that. But Noelle was a very naive, trusting person who allowed Jasper and Lexie to easily sway her without question into trying more and more sexual experiences. While this was quite hot, the niggle for me was how much it heavily plays on the typical male fantasy stereotype of women being owned and led by men. In this context, it is a minor point as the author does a great job of making us believe these women have full control of everything. And, after all, this is a naughty book all about sexual fantasy! So just know that the society is very much a male dominated world.
Lastly, I think men would also really love this book. If Fifty Shades was 'mommy porn', then this book could easily be 'daddy porn'. If that works into your fantasy, and I think for BDSM fans it will, then you'll fully enjoy this one.
In a nutshell, Giving it Up was a gripping and emotional romance that will stretch your comfort zone. If you like a dark mysterious hero as your KniIn a nutshell, Giving it Up was a gripping and emotional romance that will stretch your comfort zone. If you like a dark mysterious hero as your Knight in Shining Armor, a damaged heroine who seems beyond repair, a heavy storyline with some dark moments (including the subject of rape), mixed together with some suspense and a bit of mystery, this might be for you.
This is an emotional romance story with a heavy tone and some dark graphic scenes, so I will say right now: it is not for the faint of heart or anyone looking for a light feel-good romance with a lot of gratuitous, hot steamy sex scenes.
GIU explores the troubled life of a young woman who was victimized by rape, now riddled with trust issues, and believes herself unworthy of any goodness life might offer. This is her journey from coping to healing, and introduces her to a man who will prove that not all men want to hurt women. It has a compelling heroine who you will route for, and a compassionate hero who will become her knight in shining armor.
Allie Winters is emotionally damaged, by her own admission, and uses rough sex with strangers as a coping mechanism. Once a month she ventures to a seedy bar with the singular purpose of picking up a man for rough, unapologetic sex. There is a strong self-deprecation motive involved, as she doesn’t feel worthy of better. Then one night she chooses a man who treats her with tenderness, not roughness, and it almost unhinges her. Colin very much wants to see her again, but she refuses knowing that she is too damaged for someone of his caliber.
Allie is also a struggling single mom of an adorable toddler girl named Bailey, she works a low paying job in a bakery making exquisite cakes and confections, and her best friend Shelly is prostitute who will do anything to help her friend and child find peace.
Her daughter was conceived the night she was raped by a close life-long friend, and she is now facing a possible custody battle with her rapist. Her options are limited, but accusing him of rape after all these years in order to keep her daughter appears to be her only option. In a bid for their safety, she reaches out to Colin for help – who is more than willing to be there for her.
Colin is a man of mystery. We learn he is a major player in the Chicago crime scene, and works along with his older brother Phillip. He can make all of Allie’s problems go away and provide her with a life of comfort, but the cost might be too high for her to accept. Cops have their eye on him, and if she’s not careful they will use her against him. She finds herself wanting to trust him, but he makes decisions without consulting her, and threatens people around her who he feels mean her harm, and at times she questions just who is he? Can she trust him?
So Colin is not the typical ‘good guy’ romance hero, but he does have a compassionate side that readers will connect with and love. He also wants to get out of the business, go legit, and settle down to start a family.
I only wish it didn’t take quite so much time to finally learn much about Colin and his motives with Allie. I loved how he was willing to help her, but every time he did I kept asking myself: why is he doing this?? Since this story is told from her POV only, we rely on her interaction and dialogue to learn about Colin, but it left me wanting to know more.
The conversational dialogue between Colin and Allie are primarily ‘surface level’ chat, but rarely do their talks explore who they are, what they feel, and what they desire. The dialogue between Allie and him felt limited, and it made me wonder how much these two ever talked about anything of a serious nature. In the end we get a clear enough picture of Colin, but I would have enjoyed seeing more meaningful dialogue between these two along the way.
I enjoyed these two as a couple, and felt they truly belonged together. Once the trust issues were addressed and they finally started opening up about their feelings, I knew Allie had turned a major corner in her life for the better. It was a great moment in the book!
And while this story is an erotica tale, the sex scene are not the typical ‘intermission breaks’ meant to give readers some steamy relief. Instead, they are very much a part of the heroine’s story and reflects the damaged person that she is. These scenes help display the struggle she deals with as she learns to cope with her past and learn to trust again. Some were very touching, while others were a bit difficult and sad to read.
Overall, Giving it Up is an emotionally-charged debut romance with a heavy subject matter. It will push readers out of their comfort zone, yet deliver a very satisfying ending. It will be a challenge to read certain parts of this story, and I admit that parts of it was a bit too dark for my taste. The heroine's constant self-deprecation was also hard to take, and even harder to understand. Her need to use sex as a coping mechanism was so sad, especially in light of the sexual violence she already endured. The ending made it all worth it, though. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed closing the book knowing Allie and Bailey were in a safe, happy place with Colin.
4.5 stars. I LOVED the steam factor (HOT!!!!) but I especially LOVED the H/h. Try Me was great steamy erotica novella with a rock-star and a good girl 4.5 stars. I LOVED the steam factor (HOT!!!!) but I especially LOVED the H/h. Try Me was great steamy erotica novella with a rock-star and a good girl.
The Story Melanie doesn't get the appeal of rock-stars, tattoos, piercings, and all that 'freakish' behavior, but her BFF Nikki is obsessed with it. So when her friend drags her back stage at a Sole Regret concert, only to abandon her when she hooks up with the lead singer, Melanie tries to quietly sit and wait for her friend to return. But when she befriends a 'normal' guy who at first-glance appears to be sans all that freakish shit, she finds herself pleasantly attracted to him.
Gabe is Sole Regrets drummer, aka 'Force'. He is enchanted by the beauty he just met as she doesn't even recognize him! So when he reveals a mohawk with head tats beneath his hat, and tats and piercings beneath his clothes, Melanie may just change her mind about freakish men.
My Thoughts Wow, Gabe and Melanie are my kind of H/h in a romance. For such a short novella, I was surprised how deeply I liked and connected with them. I enjoyed their honesty with each other, loved seeing who they are beneath the personas, and thought their sex scenes were smokin' hot. (BTW, this an m/f erotica, no ménage)
I don't read a lot of erotica, but I really like how this author incorporates hot sex with a solid, likable story and interesting characters. For a novella length story, this was an impressive bit of erotica.
I have no idea if this is going to be a new series, but I would love to read more about the band members and see what Gabe and Melanie were able to make of their budding relationship....more
3.5 stars. 2-stars for the first half, but 5-stars for the ending. What started as a VERY FRUSTRATING story does end up with a great twist, so glad I3.5 stars. 2-stars for the first half, but 5-stars for the ending. What started as a VERY FRUSTRATING story does end up with a great twist, so glad I stuck with it. Looooved the ending, but this story should have been titled “Head Games”. It really reminded me of that popular rock song ...
"Head Games, its you and me baby Head games, and I can't take it anymore Head games, I dont wanna play the... Head games" (By Foreigner, 1979)
Reading REFLECTED IN YOU was like attending a sexually charged relationship drama-festival, complete with death defying roller-coaster rides, crazy ass clowns everywhere, and the song HEAD GAMES by Foreigner blaring out of speakers at 150 decibels! Whew, my head is still spinning from reading this book!
The headliners of this show, Gideon and Eva, start off as two seriously fucked-up head-cases who believe sex can solve all problems, and who appear to thrive on angst, jealousy, anger, fear, and control. There is very little ‘peace, calm and cozy’ about their turbulent relationship. Sadly, if it wasn’t for the last 15% which provided a great solid ending that left me anxious for the next story, I would have rated this even lower.
RIY starts off where BTY ended, then spends far too much time (the first 2/3rds of the book) just spinning in circles as we learn over and over (and over and over!) just how jealous Eva is, how secretive Gideon is, and how playing head-games to lash out at the other never solves a damn thing. Sex, on the other hand, apparently solves everything. If the choice is either ‘talk’ or ‘cock’, the cock wins every time.
When I first read that this series was going to be stretched into three books instead of the originally intended two, I immediately had some concerns. According to the author Gideon and Eva’s ending was already planned out, which made me worry that we might get filler content not originally intended for the story. Unfortunately, I think that is what most of the first half of the book contained: filler content.
The first 2/3rds of REFLECTED IN YOU spent a lot of time just showing the emotional, jealous and obsessive side of both Gideon and Eva, which stalled the actual pacing of the series IMO. It felt as if they were still back at the beginning and making no progress whatsoever. It was scene after scene of them stuck in a repetitive cycle of jealousy, anger, hurt and then makeup sex. I enjoyed the hot make up sex, and loved how devoted Gideon was to Eva, but watching these two fight over and over without making any progress got old quickly. I was ready for the story to move on.
Fortunately, the ending solved that and even shined some light on why Gideon kept so many secrets. We also learn more about his abuse story, so be prepared for an emotional jerker when it comes. I loved the ending, and it now feels as if the series is well back on track. It wasn’t until the last 1/3rd of the book (and most of it comes in the last 15%) when the story really started to come together. Eva finally pieces together many of Gideon’s secrets and reveals quite a shocking conclusion!! And best of all, I loved the Gideon and Eva we see toward the end. Just maybe (fingers crossed!) they have moved forward in their healing progress. (knock on wood, please!)
Gideon and Eva are trying to make a go at having a relationship, but Gideon’s ex-finance Corrine doesn’t want to walk away nicely. Eva feels threatened and very jealous, which calls into question her trust of Gideon. She is unsure about what is transpiring between Gideon and Corrine, and can’t come to terms with the amount of secrets that Gideon is keeping from her. Questions such as ‘where were you?’ and ‘What were you doing?’ go un-answered, he only tells her to trust him.
The fighting and arguing between Gideon and Eva felt non-stop. Even when they were together and having sex – they were still fighting!! And while he hates the constant fighting, he will only play this by his rules. He does not give up his friendship with Corrine, nor does he feel the need to answer Eva’s questions. It was frustrating! I found myself yelling at Gideon over and over!
So when one of Eva’s ex-lovers reappears, neither of them handles it well. I’ll leave it at that, but I will say I was really pissed off at both Gideon and Eva. I was equally pissed off at how they ‘resolved’ that problem between them. This plot device felt overly contrived too. It was just more drama and head-games that could have easily been prevented.
Gideon’s obsession with Eva is staggering; he practically devours her every time they are together. They cannot have sex enough, and he needs to know where she is and who she is with at every moment they are apart. He continues to spy on her, have her followed, and disrespects her privacy – all in the name of loving and protecting her. In fact, he professes his ardent desire for her every time they are together, which may re-assure her but oddly it made up far too much of their typical conversations.
They spend time visiting Dr. Petersen, a therapist, but make little progress. They are still both dealing with nightmares and significant issues form their childhood abuse. Cary plays a significant role as Eva’s bi-sexual roommate. He has his own storyline, and I am routing for an HEA for him too. It wasn’t until the ending that I felt that – just maybe—both Gideon and Eva have made progress with their healing, and could possibly have what it takes to truly have a healthy and loving relationship.
The sex scenes were plentiful, and some seriously hot. But I didn’t really connect with most of them as Gideon and Eva were often using sex in lieu of communicating with each other. When things went wrong (and it did often!) they would use their bodies instead of words, and it felt as if they measured their love in terms of sex and orgasms. And while I enjoyed all of the hot sex scenes, the lack of relationship building was off-putting for me, despite how much it fit with their personalities.
Despite not enjoying the first 2/3rds all that much, I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. The ending of this one made up for much of my issues I had early in the book, and even renewed my belief that Gideon and Eva are meant for each other. I have great hope for Gideon and Eva now! I would love to see more of the Gideon and Eva we saw toward the end of this book. Fingers crossed they don’t revert to the jealous and emotionally unstable couple we see through most of RIY, the ones playing non-stop head games with each other. As the lyrics say "Head games, and I can't take it anymore". My thoughts exactly.
ARC provided through Edelweiss by Penguin Group (USA) Inc....more
This was ~80 pages of pure fun and sexy m/f hotness. Loved it.
(((Blow job lessons, anyone? LOL)))
Julie is about to turn 30 in two weeks so she decideThis was ~80 pages of pure fun and sexy m/f hotness. Loved it.
(((Blow job lessons, anyone? LOL)))
Julie is about to turn 30 in two weeks so she decided to create a bucket-list of things to do before that big day. She spent the last six years raising her little sister and putting her own personal life on hold, but now that her sister is off to college all that is about to change.
Matt had a huge crush on Julie back in college, but before he could make his move Julie dropped out to raise her little sister after their parents were killed. Seeing her again at the law firm in Birmingham, Alabama (where he is on a short assignment), stirs up old desires.
The attraction and chemistry between Matt and Julie was hot and fun to read. When he discovers her list, he is more than happy to help. I loved the way they went about checking things off her list, it made me look forward to the next chapters!
Matt and Julie made a great couple, and I enjoyed their romance both in and out of bed. While they could burn up the sheets, their friendly chemistry with each other was just as fun to read. I loved the way he could tease Julie and make her putty in his hands.
“Of course, we’re not technically working for the same firm, so I think an argument could be made that a consensual relationship wouldn’t break any laws. At least not any corporate ones.”
He leaned into her, licking her ear lobe. “I can’t promise anything about Alabama laws, though. There are definitely some things the state frowns on that I wouldn’t mind doing with you, sugar. To you, even.”
This story reminded me of some of my favorite contemporary romance authors (Toni Blake, Erin McCarthy, Jill Shalvis...) Cheeky humor, hot sex, quirky but very likable characters...etc. I haven't read anything by Manda Collins before, but now I want to check out her other books. I look forward to more in this Legal series too.
Note: Manda contacted me and asked if I'd like a copy of her new self published novella, which I was happy to get as I've been wanting to try one of her books. She's been a Goodreads friend of mine for several years and recently became a published author with St. Martin's Press. My review was purely optional, but after reading this I had to gush about it. I'm very impressed....more
4+! What a crazy sexy hot book! Three hot bank robbers take Melinda as a hostage, and gives her a thrill of a lifetime. I enjoyed this one quite a bit4+! What a crazy sexy hot book! Three hot bank robbers take Melinda as a hostage, and gives her a thrill of a lifetime. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and look forward to more adventures staring these four. There was some good cheeky humor, intense suspense (the bad guys have more bad guys after them!), hot m/f/m sex, some light bondage, and plenty of hot tubs. This isn't the hottest erotica I've read, but I enjoyed how the author wove in a solid suspense story too. It's a pure fantasy read and a great naughty escape. I loved the heroine's obsession with 'cartoon porn', LOL. (Thanks Penny for the recommend!)...more
4.5!! WAAAAY better than that Fifty Shades of Grey. I do get the comparison, but truly this is a MUCH better read. Simply put, this book had the polis 4.5!! WAAAAY better than that Fifty Shades of Grey. I do get the comparison, but truly this is a MUCH better read. Simply put, this book had the polish that FSoG grossly lacked. (I read FSoG just before I read this one. Sadly, I found it disturbing and only gave it a 1-star review.)
The major similarities: --hero is a young (late 20's), gorgeous, brilliant zillionaire business mogul who sports non-stop erections and has sex on the brain 24/7 --hero has a controlling and obsessive desire for the heroine, including a jealous streak that is off-the-charts --hero a has a dark and tortured soul that shapes his very world, brought on by years of abuse as a child --hero maintains a platonic relationship with his past sexual partners, which drives a major wedge with the heroine --HOT, HOT, HOT sex scenes
The major differences: -- Gideon isn’t a predator. Unlike Grey, Gideon never tries to coerce and manipulate Eva into doing anything that is for his sole pleasure alone. He doesn’t try to coerce and manipulate her into believing his desires should be the only desires that matter. --Eva has about 100+ IQ points on Ana, and can actually converse in an intelligent conversation without all of the “Whoa!”, “Oh, My!” and “Gasp!” (To say I like Eva better than Ana is an understatement!) --Gideon isn’t into ‘period sex’. Yuck. --No BDSM, at least not yet. This series will continue, so hard to say where it will go. Hmmmm. There was some light talk of subs & doms, pain-as-pleasure…etc. --No Arnica cream to sooth ‘bruising, sprains and injuries’. (Christian’s remedy for a bruising sore ass, oh lovely) --The writing is great. Tight, edited and well plotted. It is also quite refreshing when compared to the comic book tone of FSoG. --Not just ONE, but TWO main characters with damaged souls. (Yep, Eva has a dark soul too and it controls her.)
There are some other small similarities to FSoG, but for the most part I found this book stood well on its own. Gideon was a damaged soul, and the relationship between him and Eva often felt like a co-dependent mess and not a true romance. Eva’s past continues to haunt her, so the main question is can two damaged souls build a healthy relationship? Beneath all the layers of their relationship I did believe they will find true love and heal as best they can from their past. I never believed that with Grey and Ana in FSoG. This was a gripping story and I loved watching these two come together and try to get it right.
If you are holding off reading this because you didn’t like FSoG, you might miss out. If you like dark, edgy erotica romance with great writing, then forget the comparison to FSoG. I can’t wait to see how Sylvia Day closes their story.
Sept 21 - Audiobook review and update The audiobook version of this book is really good! Loved the narrator.
I think I enjoyed this book even more the second time through. The connection between Gideon and Eva is so deep and emotionally raw, and I think I connected with them even more in my re-read. They are intensely interesting characters, both individually and together as a couple. I picked up on many of the subtle details this time that helps to further explain why they are damaged souls, and why their turbulent relationship might be the healthiest thing for them. ...more
Uh, wow. So this is IT?!! The book that the whole world is in utter fascination with?!! I think someone is laughing their way to the bank.
First, here Uh, wow. So this is IT?!! The book that the whole world is in utter fascination with?!! I think someone is laughing their way to the bank.
First, here is a mini review of this book in two GIFs: About the plot:
About the writing:
OK, now more of my sordid thoughts on this MASTERPIECE (**cough, cough**):
So I shamelessly caved and read this book after repeatedly swearing I never would, but the publicity and hype finally won me over. (I also got a free copy of the book, no way was I going to pay for this.) And while I now have a better understanding of the fascination, I still don’t get it. Sure, there were some hot sex scenes, and at times Grey and Ana were both likable characters. I eventually even understood their fascination with each other. And I liked them when they were away from the whole BDSM/punishment/discipline/control freaky shit. Grey even had the sexual stamina of ten horny rabbits put together! What’s not to like about that? (Dang, that man is always hard and ready!!)
But so much of this book was utterly disturbing! It primarily focused on Grey trying to coerce and manipulate her into being what HE needed, despite how much it would hurt her. He claimed to care for her and was patient, but it always boiled down to his need to punish and inflict pain. Outwardly he came across as a suave, polished and sophisticated normal person, but inwardly he was one sick dude. There were times they really were a great couple, but only when they were in a ‘normal’ environment. When the BDSM environment was involved, I wasn’t a fan of either of them.
Initially I couldn’t understand what the heck Grey saw in Ana. A clumsy, mousy naïve girl who face plants on the ground (TWICE!), and then pukes her drunken gut out. (Uh right, what guy wouldn't get hot for a girl like that?) His quick attachment to her had me baffled for nearly the first half of the book. If all he wanted was a submissive with no romantic ties, why chose her? By his own words he no problem finding consenting partners before.
After Grey reveals his proclivities, I figured Ana would run for the hills if she had a brain in her head. Unfortunately, she is a naïve virgin with no experience to even compare him to, and the poor girl is so blinded by how “OMG, he’s so HOT!” So when she actually entertains his twisted notions and begins negotiating terms of hard and soft limits, I wanted to scream at her! How stupid and naïve are you girl?!! WTF?? WHY?? She was too trusting, too unaware, and he was painting one rosy ass picture of how wonderful his lifestyle would be for her. Sorry, but signing over your free will into a sexual contract where you WILL get hurt is just F’d up, especially when your gut feelings are constantly telling you to flee.
I’ll give Grey bonus points for his honesty at being so upfront with Ana, but that doesn’t make what he is about any less of a predator. He was honest with her about not wanting a normal ‘hearts and flowers’ relationship. If she agreed, she would be his submissive and enter into TRAINING. All he has to do is brainwash her into believing she would actually prefer this life style over the normal one she dreamed of. (WTF??!)
Another aspect I did not get was how Ana repeatedly accuses him of having commitment issues, but throughout the book it was her that had one foot in the relationship and the other foot well outside of the door. He on the hand was far more committed, albeit with a strict set of ‘rules’.
Despite all the WTFery and the disturbing portrayal of a young woman being coerced into an unknown and unsafe world, I was fascinated with the overall story. Like watching a train wreck fascinated, and nothing to be proud of. I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter and then another. So yes, this book was hard to put down. It was also hard not to pitch it at the wall!
I honestly thought I would not want to read about BDSM, but surprisingly that aspect didn't even bother me all that much until the end (view spoiler)[The hard spanking scene was just cruel, as intended, and beyond disturbing!! (hide spoiler)]. If this was about two mutual consenting adults who fully understood what they were getting into, I might have even enjoyed it. But the constant coercion and manipulation killed the book for me.
In the end this book really made me want to scrub myself clean with Christian's own go-to cure for all those bruising sore asses. (Oh, lovely!) Take some Advil. And rub on some Arnica cream to sooth ‘bruising, sprains and injuries’.
The writing is another issue with this book. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared, but the euphemistic inner dialogue drove me nuts. The book often read like a comic book script, not a serious contemporary novel. All of the Oh, my! GASP! whoa! What?! Kabam! Pow Pow! (OK, not the last couple ones, but the rest are real!) were tiresome and over-done to death.
Well…love it or hate it, this was one controversial and thought provoking book, just WAY too distributing for my personal taste. They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, and maybe in this case one woman's trashy mommy porn is another woman's hot treasured erotica. (Oh, Nora Roberts this is not!)
A bawdy, naughty freebie read set in 1919 England with a 42 y/o widow, a 20 y/o soldier home from war, and a little bit of ganja smoking.
The isn't aA bawdy, naughty freebie read set in 1919 England with a 42 y/o widow, a 20 y/o soldier home from war, and a little bit of ganja smoking.
The isn't a love story with an HEA, but a naughty read about a woman finally getting to experience uninhibited sex. Her marriage offered sex in the dark with little intimacy or pleasure. Her awakening was the best part of this little story. The dialogue was often over-the-top, but it also made it a fun read with the bawdy nature of this May/December relationship.
There were parts of this story that I enjoyed, but oddly it wasn't the sex scenes. The first sex scene was fades out and we are told the details after the fact! In an erotica? WTF? And then the story picks up in present time once again. Odd. They were getting hot and bothered, then all of a sudden the narration changes and says:
And so as the full moon shone into his bedroom and she smoked ganja and drank the best vintage champagne since 1874, he went down on her; his nose, lips and tongue, licking, sucking, kissing and caressing her sex, with his fingers and hand sliding into her most intimate feminine recesses, finger fucking her as his beloved French widow had shown him, until Lady Constance was shuddering, gasping and panting, and clutching the arms of the chair, and using terms of endearment she had never used with her husband, or any man for that matter.
Not all sex scenes were fade to black, so it redeemed itself as an erotica should. Overall, it was a fun quick read and worth the 'free' price tag.
Awesome! What a great steamy contemporary with two fantastic characters. This book sizzled hot, and the romance made me want to be Lacey soooo bad. HuAwesome! What a great steamy contemporary with two fantastic characters. This book sizzled hot, and the romance made me want to be Lacey soooo bad. Hunter was so much more than a great lover, and watching him fall was one of the best parts of the story. The ending had me in tears, didn't see that coming. This made my keeper shelf. Highly recommended. ...more
Maybe 15-20 pages total, not bad for a free read but I wouldn't recommend paying a dime for it. It is a fantasy read about a woman who gets a sexy visMaybe 15-20 pages total, not bad for a free read but I wouldn't recommend paying a dime for it. It is a fantasy read about a woman who gets a sexy visitor every St. Patrick Day. I might have given it 3 stars if only the heroine wasn't so quick to spread her legs for a complete stranger. A little dialogue maybe? Uh, no. ...more
It had potential, including (what could be) a great cast of characters for a full-sized series and some good writing, but over all it was too short. TIt had potential, including (what could be) a great cast of characters for a full-sized series and some good writing, but over all it was too short. This was just a very short steamy novella. Much was left unsaid and unaddressed. BUT, since this was a teaser for a full series we may get those answers in later books. ...more